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morning. i'm mark haines. >> i'm erin burnett. front and center, benjamin s. bernanke. >> yes. >> will be testifying in front of the house financial services committee about the economy and anything else they want to talk about. that'll be live in an hour. >> how about the exit strategy? imagine there will be some questions about that. the sec meets on possibly curbing short sales. huge issue for the market. full details coming up. >> and president obama meeting with key business leaders. it's all happening during this show. we've got a lot of breaking news, big headlines for you. we will be all over it, mark. how are your futures? >> not too good. >> no. >> up 0.70. we get a little break here because we closed a point above fair value. but, you know, looking at maybe 15, 20 points on the dow at the open. let's hit the markets. peel back the layers of the onion starting with brian shactman at the big board. >> thank you. listen, asia and europe were pretty mixed. germany, their economy in an absolute standstill. doint need to go over bernanke and all things going on in d.c. wi
anywhere on the globe. and then helicopter ben bernanke is going to capitol hill this week with a new blueprint for tighter money known as "paying interest on excess bank reserves." i don't buy it but we'll debate it. >>> and finally, the obama jobs plan which i call stimulus 2.0, full of gimmicks and high tax-job destroyers. i'll use my best right hook against the left jabs of mark walsh and david goodfriend two of my favorite liberal pals. fasten your seatbelts, everybody. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> good evening. i'm larry kudlow and welcome back where we believe freed market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. let's begin with tonight's money politics message. i'm trying hard to be optimistic about economic recovery in america and for that matter, around the world. in my world, optimism always beats pessimism every time. despite wayward policies from washington i still believe in the cyclical recovery scenario here at home. but the growing debt problem in the u.s., europe and elsewhere is starting to sack confidence in the optimistic growth scenario and i have
not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's very close to
the carfax!" it's free at thousands of reputable dealers. >>> federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will be back on capitol hill today, for day two of his twice-a-year economic report card. on wednesday he made it clear that interest rates will remain at record low levels for several more months to support the recovery. the latest housing numbers show just how fragile that recovery is. new home sales fell to the lowest level on regard in january. >>> new concerns about greece's debt crisis are overshadowing bernanke's comments this morning. stocks fell in torque owe with the nikkei dropping almost 1% today. bernanke's testimony gave wall street a boost yesterday. the dow finished up 91 points closing at 10,374. the nasdaq gained 22 points to close at 2235. >>> chrysler is voluntarily recalling more than 350,000 minivans because of problems with crash sensors that control the air bags. the company says it will replace the sensors in 2005 and 2006 town and country and dodge caravans. but chrysler says it should wait until june to contact dealers because it needs time to distribute the
. >> sreenivasan: wall street racked up gains today after the federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, said interest rates need to stay low. the dow jones industrial average gained more than 91 points to close at 10,374. the nasdaq rose 22 points to close near 2,236. public and private sector workers walked off the job across greece today. it was the second 24-hour strike in the last two weeks aimed at a government austerity plan. demonstrators clashed with police in athens, after a peaceful march had ended. they were protesting plans to cut government spending because of a debt crisis. greece has announced wage freezes, bonus cuts and pension reform over the last month to save almost $7 billion. the u.s. house has stepped up the pressure on health insurance companies. it came a day before the president's bi-partisan summit on health care reform. health correspondent betty ann bowser has the story. >> this meeting will come to order. >> reporter: the target at a house hearing today was wellpoint-- the parent company of california's anthem blue cross. >> corporate executives at wellpoint are thriving
't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3, 3.5, we break
killian reporting from washington. >> testimony from said she's been bernanke kept stocks in the green yesterday -- fed chairman ben bernanke. >> good morning. ben bernanke testifies on capitol hill again this morning. today he goes before the senate banking committee. yesterday he told the house financial services committee that the economy is only at the beginning of the recovery. he says this requires the federal reserve to keep interest rates low to encourage demand by consumers and businesses. investors holding the global retreat and investors shrugged off distressing news from the housing market. sales of new homes plummeted last month to the lowest level on record. this is where we ended up. the three major u.s. indexes rose 1% yesterday. black and decker and t. rowe price and the bloomber -- led the bloomberg maryland index higher. costar says it will make more money this year than analysts predicted. toyota is not the only auto maker capturing the attention of wall street. general motors is going to shut down hummer. china said it would have flown in the face of the country's
. the economy still requires low interest rates. ben bernanke will speak to the senate committee later this morning. the president of toyota will stay put. some executives have resigned following the scandal of the recalls. akio toyoda is the only person that can save toyota. he said the as a personal commitment to restore the trust of customers. blockbuster is closing at least 500 doors. it is looking for ways to restructure almost $1 billion of debt. consumers are turning to netflix and red box. back to you. >> thanks. >> coming up, in the look at your morning commute with traffic and weather together. >> the hockey venue at the olympics turned into stars on ice. see if team usa stays in contention for its first gold medal hopes. we will show you ♪ hey bets, can i borrow a quarter? sure, still not dry? trng to shrink them. i lost weight and now some clothes are too big. how d you do it? simple stuff. eating right and i switched to whole grain. whole grain... [ female announcer ] pele who more whole grai tend to have a healthier body weight. multigrain cheerios has who gins and 110
comments from fed chairman ben bernanke that the fed will examine the bank's activities have many wondering that the bank's rep taked is costing investors money. how much money? brad hint is former cfo of lehman brothers. great to have you with us. >> thanks for having me. >> you first talked about this in the potential liability in the note a week or so ago. i'm wondering does that change? because you said then that the legal liability may be limited and now that it's a regulatory liability, does that change your outlook? >> well, it does. you know, the -- you can't, greece didn't do anything wrong. if you look at goldman and they didn't have a compliance problem and didn't do anything illegal, but we're holding banks to higher levels now. we're saying did they act responsible responsibly? was the-- that's where it begino affect relation with regulators and client relationships and there's 6% of goldman's revenue and it's discretionary. i don't have to use goldman for a debt underwriting and derivative for an equity trade. i will almost certainly bring goldman in to look for an equity unde
times larger than any other increase in wall street's history. moving on, fed chairman ben bernanke will be in the li limelight tonight. he will deliver part one of a semiannual speech on the economy and monetary policy today before the house financial services committee and one of the things he may say is that last week's hike in the discount rate was just a technical move, not a history in policy. with that, willie, back over to you. >> all right. thank you so much. >>> still ahead here on "way too early," snooki and the situation go into the lion's den to answer some tough questions from the ladies of "the view." the question is who asks tough questions of cast of "the jersey shore"? >>> plus yesterday i showed you my rare night on the town. today, i reveal my grim daily reality. a behind the scenes look at how "way too early" is made in the middle of the vancouver night. it's a touching story no family will want to miss. >>> all that and ginger ze with weather. all that when we come back. >>> welcome back to "way too early." live pictures of downtown vancouver, all quiet and rai
. >>> meanwhile, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke on the hill today as well, responding to a news article that goldman sachs and other major investment banks were shorting the very greek debt that they were helping the country issue. senior economics reporter steve liesman now with that story. >> reporter: maria, thanks. fed chairman ben bernanke said that the fed is examining the actions of goldman sachs and other banks surrounding two issues. first, whether the bank helped sell debt that essentially allowed greece to disguise the true amount of its debt, and second, whether it was appropriate for them to be essentially shorting that debt through the derivatives known as credit default swaps. >> we are looking into a number of questions relating to goldman sachs and other companies and in their derivative's arrangements with greece, and on this issue as well. as you know credit default swaps are properly used as hedging instruments -- >> i agree. >> we, the s.e.c., of course, has been interested in this issue. obviously, using these instruments in a way that intentionally destabilizes a
americans back to work as soon as possible. >> reporter: ben bernanke says jobs are the key to an economic rebound. >> unemployment is the biggest problem we have. >> reporter: meanwhile, there's more bad news from the housing front. despite continuing tax incentives from uncle sam, new home sales in january unexpectedly plunged to a record low. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> that announcement from fed chairman bernanke sent stocks higher today. the dow picked up 92 points and finished at 10,374. the nasdaq was up 22 points on the day and the s&p gained 11 points. >>> police and demonstrators clashed today in greece. an estimated 50,000 demonstrators staged a march in athens against government austerity measures. some of the steps may include salary cuts and pension reforms. labor unions organized this protest march. things got violent for about lf an hour near the parliament. protesters hurled rocks, red paint and plastic bottles at riot police and the police responded with batons and tear gas. today the unions also called a 24-hour strike that grounded flights, shut down schools,
. appreciate getting my time. thank you, chairman bernanke, for being here. i do share one concern that senator vitter mentioned about the deficit. gosh, i wish we would have supported senator gregg's proposal when we had a chance, i think it was still the best, perhaps last-best proposal to actually force this congress to take an up or down vote on a plan that would put us back into fiscal sanity. i'm going to come back on the question of financial regulation. .. >> one of the comments you made and we are now 18 months after the crisis and you've said you have looked at the fed within supervision of the bank holding companies stronger capital, stronger risk supervision. you know, we've had a lot of discussion over the last 18 months about size. we've talked a bit earlier, senator raise questions about the volcker rule. i share some of your concerns about how you draw those lines. chairman dodd raise the question about using some of the intimate out there in terms of derivatives. can you tell us a little bit in his last 18 months with this increased focus on the largest sophisticated bank holdi
-- to lowest level since world war ii. ben bernanke sunday pressure to explain how to wrap up the central bank's program to inject emergency cash into the economy. he testifying before house lawmakers today who sits on the financial services committee. his job is a tough one because the economy is still shaky and ending the rescue program too soon could put us back in dangerouster. hay told lawmakers the fed members believe the recovery -- the recovery will remain high the next few years. >> consistent with moderate economic growth, expecting the unemployment rate to decline slowly. to arrange 6 opinion 5 toerz 7 opinion 5% by the end of 2012. still well above their estimates of the long run sustainable rate of 5%. >> bernanke said he's also committed to keeping interest rates low and you can see how that isn't landing on wall street. the dow jones industrials up 87.5. s&p popped up 9. nasdaq is up 22. by the way, the securities and exchange commission just voted today to make new rules to limit short selling on stocks that drop 10% or more. the vote was very close. >>> an investigation of a p
. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they are anti-government but they want me
bernanke. he'll be delivering his semi-annual testimony before congress today. also tomorrow. you can bet those questions from lawmakers will focus a lot on unemployment in this country, the outlook for the overall economy and interest rates from the fed. what happened last week that's really going to play in here, the fed surprised wall street. they raised the interest rate that they charge banks for emergency loans. a lot of focus on that today expected as well. we're also going to keep a close eye on the housing sector today at the top of the hour. we'll get a report on new home sales. it is expected to show actually some good news that home sales jumped 5% last month. meantime, we've got one of the nation's biggest home builders toll brothers reporting earnings. the company also saying, listen, the housing market is still "in choppy waters but the seas are getting calmer." toll brothers reported its first quarter loss, narrowed a bit from a year ago. that's good news on the housing front. shares are up just slightly, about 2% this morning. the dow industrials is pretty strong open. up
assurances by the federal bank. ben bernanke offered an up beat report on the nation's recovery yesterday. he told congress interest rates will remain low to encourage borrow ing. the dow rose 91 points after dropping more than 100 the day before. >> we have no idea which way the economy is going. bernanke has no idea which way the economy is going. >>> officials in florida are collecting eyewitness accounts in yesterday's deadly attack at seaworld, orlando, where an experienced trainer was killed by a 12,000-pound whale. the 40-year-old victim was snatched from the platform as the audience looked on in horror. witnesses say the killer whale thrashed her back and forth and dragged her under water. it's the third time this killer whale has been involved in a human death. >> the third time. a killer whale kills three times. the officials say they're not going to put the whale down wha killer whales do. >>> time to go to willie geist looking at what's going on in vancouver. willie? >> reporter: that's a terrible story, mika. let's move on to the olympics here. the hockey was the big story yester
. and with dr. bernanke scheduled to speak tomorrow, our sense is that that trade will be relatively quiet here. a high volume area last week was around 1064 even. we'll probably bing bong back and forth on that trade waiting for dr. bernanke or for further developments in europe. >> what's your view, jamie, about today's trade and whether you believe in the bounce we are likely to get, at least at the open? >> well, i think the most encouraging part is that this rally is coming from european financials. you can see all those works up markedly on yesterday's trade. domestically, local ibs have been overwhelmed by this european crisis. unemployment was a great number on friday. it exceeded expectations. earnings continue to be strong. we seem to have been weighed down by euro. if that turn around and those financials continue to hold these gains, it could be very good things domestically. >> jamie, most of the guys you trade with trade according to technical analysis charts and yada yada. let me run this by you. the day before yesterday, which was a monday, right? yeah. did monday look like a sh
that we encountered right back in january, when we the concern about bernanke, when we first had the concerns about greece, still the market continues to rally, which is very interesting. and today there are about three or four of the dow jones comp componen components, those big market components that are actual flee negative territory. they've all drafted higher albeit on relative light volume. maybe it doesn't have much conviction but fact is now just sitting just 3% below where we closed a month and a day ago on january the 19th. "closing bell" continues with maria bartiromo. [ closing bell ringing ] >>> and it is 4:00 on wall street. do you know where your money is? hi, everybody. welcome back to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo on the floor of the new york stock exchange. here's what we're following at close tonight. stocks gaining against today, another rally under way following stronger than expected manufacturing data in the mid-atlantic region. the rally helping to send oil meanwhile to its highest level in a month. finishing tonight at $79.06 a barrel. we're mom
, ben bernanke's green chutes. while arc gres everyboggressive green chutes. welcome to our program. i'm erin burnett. here is the conundrum. stocks seem happy lately. a few days of rallies. we've got new, unproven companies pulling deals, not able to raise money to grow and hire. big companies who can raise money aren't seeming to spend it on grow and hiring. china is a little bit angry at america. you're looking at a picture now
this demand in the seven-year gives me -- >> the significance of ben bernanke talking about, one, the potential financial instability with the large current account surplus that china has to the u.s., he talked about financial instability. >> also talked about goldman and greece and they're looking into what goldman and other banks in "the new york times" reported to have done relative to greece, take the other side of the trade. first they put them into sovereign debt and then took the or side of the trade. let's hear what the fed chairman had to say about this. >> well, very serious challenges there involving not only fiscal issues but competitiveness issues because of the single exchange rate. but you know, we have talked to the european union leaders. they are obviously very focused on getting the problem solved. >> that's the wrong bite. he said they're looking into this. >> very routine, right? a lot of times you play one side, another part plays another side. it's very routine. >> i'd be interested in engaging the conversation of this. i'm not sure what the value is taking
like the saints have it for a second. >> the guest host is inside the bernanke huddle during the financial crisis, former fed governor randy kroszner. >>> a big play here, a big play there, and the bulls may be ready to run. >> picked off. look out. just passed manning and tracy porter taking the ball all the way. touchdown, new orleans! >> "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with steve liesman, carl and joe are out but in studio we also have new york times reporter andrew ross sorkin. our guest host, randy kroszner, a business professor at the booth school of business. great to have you here, randy. >> great to see you. >> we have a lot to talk to you about this morning. let's go to your morning rundown. we have a game plan with howard ward, portfolio manager for gamco investors growth fund. then we'll see if we can diffuse the debt bomb that threatens the global market. it's a small problem we'll try to fix this morning. later we'll be monday morning quarterbacking the super bow
. bernanke will lay out a plan for credit tightening. another big headline, former merrill lynch chief john thain picked to lead cit. it brings together two prominent casualties of the credit crisis. >> "the washington post" after the massive snowstorm, they are ready to get hit again tomorrow. >> the snow at their home was up to their waist. >> your mom has an art exhibit here. what are they 82? >> 82 and 80. and they drove up. >> once you have to drive through nazi check posts to escape the country, it's nothing getting through jersey. >> i was worried, but they are just fine. she has a big opening tonight it will be fun. >> my art exhibit was there last week. >> it was? did you show your postcards? that's good. >>> michael lke allen has the m playbook. the joint summit on health care. i like the idea if you think it will give the idea of health care reform momentum. >> well, sure. i think people in both parties wonder why now? we said on this show, one of the easiest things for the president to have done was to call republicans, turn on c-span, msnbc and say what have you got? he is fina
. people still point to may of '07 when bernanke says subprime is 9% of mortgages, right? they're not infallible. and we can't expect them to be, i guess, is the answer, right? >> none of us is infallible. if you didn't learn that, you missed something over the course of the past three years. >> dan's with us for the rest of the program. we've got a lot more to talk about. >>> meantime, any questions or comments this morning, we'd love to hear from you. our address is squawk@cnbc.com. >>> when we come back, european exposure, debt crisis overseas, how some u.s. companies might be impacted. >>> still to come, olympic skiers headed to the starting gate at whistler while bankers in new york await a possible auction. we'll get an update from daniel nu mudd, the ceo of fortress, just ahead. >>> time now for today's "aflac trivia question." what baseball player nicknamed the georgia peach amassed 4,189 hits in his career? this is not more benefits at greater cost to your company insurance. this is not how does it fit in my company's budget insurance. this is help protect and care for
yesterday. fed chairman ben bernanke testifying again today on the hill. this time the senate banking committee. we got economic numbers today. we start with the good. the durable goods orders rose in nuary thanks in part to aircraft orders. the gain was the biggest since last july. first time claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 22,000 last week. not a number we want to see jump to 496,000. labor department says the weather that shut down government offices, as you well know, may have been partly to blame. if that's the case, we'll see how this week turns out, too. and akio toyoda was choking back tears after receiving standing ovation at a rally with dealers and employees on wednesday. toyoda was grilled by lawmakers for more than three hours. he says toyota's top management will include a nonjapanese person. he is criticized for not having other nationality on the board. he was asked by an assembly line worker when the company can do to restore the public's trust. responding in english, he said, let's make a better car. and general motors will shut down hummer after they a de
to come back into a government position and i know ben bernanke and hank paulson are well-known for this. could you talk a little bit about that in any ideas on how that could be stopped through laws or voter action or anything? >> i'm glad you reminded me about the revolving door. i see this happening. i see my friends do this. they dress like me when they are working on capitol hill and i see them two years later and they have really nice suits with a french cuff and offer to buy lunch. the left the capitol to up working for congress and a lobbying firm hired them because they knew that when the friend then calls his old underling on capitol hill to say hey i just want to talk to you about the farm bill, that his old boss or his old bosses colleagues are going to take the call and that is the revolving door. barack obama's said literally, i'm going to stop the revolving door. is white house chief of staff, rahm emanuel-- there is not, as the word for rahm emanuel because welby was working on the campaign is a chief fund-raiser he was getting paid by goldman sachs as a consultant at the
that of course was going to burst, and this is why i get mad at people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke and most economists because god knows what on earth was going through their heads in the year 2003 to those of four cardinals five, 2006, to dozens of as the bubble could growing and growing and the savitt is okay and now they are surprised who could have known that is the joke we have or not washington they run around saying who could have known? anyone doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes, anything you want to address? >> guest: i think it's important of the interplay and the war and domestic policy because when you have -- it's true the government can't think about two things at once. it can't walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction whether you believe it's something we should invest in, afghanistan, iraq or not the government doesn't think well what is going on at home so if he would have called on our various leaders at the fed or the white house over time under -- in this purpose it would be under president bush postsecondary 11th h
. your dreams. more within reach. meet us at ameriprise.com. >>> ben bernanke. >> yes. >> who oversaw the collapse of not only the united states, but pretty much the entire world financial system. >> right. >> and brought our economy to its knees has been reappointed as head of the fed. >> right. >> does this give you hope for being re-elected governor of new york? because may i remind you, he screwed everybody. >> wow. >> eliot spitzer taking shots from colbert last night. here with us now, founder, editor of thedailybeast.com, tina brown. >> good morning, everyone. >> great to see you. we'll get to your explosive piece about andrew young. have you quite a bit to say about john edwards' body man. we may have to bleep that. but first, maureen dowd's don't ask, don't tell op-ed. she writes in part -- tinea it was a pretty remarkable day on capitol hill. >> i thought it was pretty believing. very moving indeed. one does ask whether it will ignite a cultural war thing and distract. that's the only thing that scares me, we do need to be focused on jobs now. the timing seems strange. but h
her terribly. >> some of the stories this morning at 10:00 a.m., ben bernanke is on capitol hill. all ears will listen to his take on job creation. this afternoon, the president will make his case for creating more jobs. it's going to happen at the business round table. >>> this afternoon in vancouver, fresh off the upset of team canada, the u.s. men's hockey team takes on switzerland. >> usa! usa! >> something tells me you are watching. >>> a star sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his limmo driver. it's been years coming. >> eight years in the running. this is a guy who literally had it all at one point. an nba all-star. one of the richest contracts in the league. prosecutors say he was playing with a shotgun, shot his driver, tried to cover it up. yesterday, a new jersey judge sentenced him to five years in prison. afterwards, he said he was sorry. >> i sincerely apologize for my actions that caused his death. i pray that today brings you some comfort. my children, you deserve a better father. son, brothers than i have been. >> he was apologizing to his victims there. h
, 50 basis points or 100 basis points would be out of whack. >> did you see bernanke's swearing-in? >> i didn't.he president wasn't? >> how do you talk about transparency when you have a private swearing-in ceremony in apparently there is no legal standing for the swearing-in ceremony, because he was approved while he was still chairman. if the chairmanship expired, there would need to be a -- >> why would you need to see someone sworn in? you think he's actually going to swear? >> typically a president or a top official at some time -- >> but transparency, though. >> the most public fight over a fed chairman. >> the ceremonyial way. >> it's not a legal thing. >> you want him to answer questions that you pose him, you don't want to see the ceremony of someone swearing in, how did he look, what was his expression? was he worried? >> does it help he was in matter? >> i don't think it matters. >> this isn't what transparency was watched. i want to have watched it. i wouldn't have taken time out of my day to watch it. >> it shows you what a nerd you are. >> i don't want to be surpri
's an interesting idea. bernanke yesterday mentioned that the spike in jobless claims might have been at least partly related to the weather. i would say there's a little more uncertainty than maybe mr. knapp suggests as to whether or not this is weather related or how much of a comedown we're getting from that fourth quarter gdp which was very strong and as you said revised up, erin, to 5.9% from 5.7%. it is interesting to look at the details and where the strength was to kind of figure out whether or not, how much of that is going to continue. what you see when you look at it is the consumer was pretty weak at one point, 7%, and nobody thinks that's going to be any stronger in this quarter. business spending was very strong. that's a wild card. that could continue. exports strong again and of course the big part of that not shown here are the inventories -- inventory numbers. this conference, though, is going to be about the fed policy and the fed's role put on here by the university of chicago's school of business. there are going to be no less than four members of the federal market commit
the federal reserve to take the lead on this. citing mr. bernanke does not want to step up and -- i think mr. bernanke, unfortunately, does not want to step up and take responsibility. i think the administration put a good deal of capital to work to make sure that he stayed on as chairman of the fed. but honestly, it would require presidential leadership at this point. we see encouraging signs, but also discouraging signs. the president said nice things about big bankers and their compensation just last week. you have to ask the white house where we are on this issue. host: simon johnson is the author of an upcoming book, "13 bankers." when will this come out? guest: when wilthe end of march. i do not think this problem is going to go away anytime soon. host: wyoming, republican line. caller: i would just like to say a few things and please do not cut us off because we do not get a chance to get in as many times as the democrats and the independent line. i'm a conservative woman of color. i notice every time on c-span and i get to be disappointed. and i will get to my question. i notice a ta
, and if the government pulls back too fast, if bernanke pulls back too fast or if the executive congressional branches pull back too fast, there is a question whether it would worsen things, i think that's legitimate. what i do believe you can put into place trigger mechanisms on medicare reforms, on medicaid reforms, on social security reforms, so that these things are in law and they're not just sort in imagination. it's hard, as you know, nor invei for investors to have much confidence in the future of the nation's finances when there's nothing and it's just talk and we're just continuing to talk. >> on that very point, there was a new report on rising life expectancy, which is a great thing, a great triumph of human medicine, but, you know, why don't we talk about raising the retirement age for medicare and social security gradually over the next 20, 30 years. it would save a lot of money. >> that's going to be a big discussion that we'll be having on this show very regularly, and we'll call on both of you to do it again, david gergen, cnn analyst, and stephen moore, "wall street journal" writer.
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get so mad at people like ben bernanke. most economists, god knows what on earth was going through their heads as they watch the bubble keep grow and grow and grow and said everything was okay. now they are surprised fukuda agnone? that is a joke we have around washington. anyone who is doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes anything there you want to address? >> guest: i think it is important to think about the interplay between the war in domestic policy because it is true the government can think about two things at once. it cannot walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction, whether you believe it is something we should invest then, afghanistan, iraq, the government does not think well about what is going on at home so if you called on our various leaders that the fed or at the white house over time under, in this period under president bush,'s september 11 you would say are you concerned about fannie mae? they would say absolutely, here's the data and they are going out of control, fannie and freddie and we will be have legislation abou
closed yesterday. investors did have time to digest the news. the chairman of the fed ben bernanke basically telegraphed all this. he said that he was going to essentially be pushing up rates, tightening policy last week when he spoke before congress. analysts say the increase in the increase rate indicates that the fed is winding down a series of extraordinary programs it put in place to ease the economic crisis. so, in other words, the crisis is over. the rate increase is not going to directly affect borrowing costs for consumers and most businesses, but, as you see, it's putting the stock market under a little bit of pressure. right now we've got the dow off a little more than 27 points. also under pressure, shares of dell, the computer giant, reported disappointing fourth quarter earnings. sales rose during the holiday season, but those sales were cropped up by steep discounts that did cut into the company's bottom line. finally, well, the saints came marching in to the nyse this morning. three members of the super bowl champion new orlean saints rang that opening bell, looks l
decades. he made money too cheap. a lot of people want to put bernanke on mt. rushmore because he's making money cheap and guiding us through this crisis. >> it does raise us to this issue. rates were so low under alan greenspan was part of the problem and then we had this giant bubble and the bubble burst. instead of letting the bubble go back to flat we've been huffing and puffing by printing more money and trying to help everybody and make it easier to try to keep it inflated a little bit. it has so many holes in it will go down here at some point. >> you're right. all right. international superstar erin burnett. how many points exactly is the market going to go up m. >> i hate this. >> we'll see if it turns around by the end of the day. we'll have a lower open. i'll make it up. up plus 30. >> wrong. up 72. erin burnett, thank you. >> have a good weekend, guys. >> that's all i got. thank you for being with us, erin. that $100 that you have, it's worth about $72 now. >> mika stole it back. typical democrat taking your money. >> she's liberal. all right. coming up, new overnight developme
in three months and just a hair under 100 million. bernanke said yesterday that the job market remains weak even though the economy is recovering. there is some good economic news. everything from washing machines to airplanes jump 3d% in january and the second monthly increase in a row. >>> coca-cola is changing the way it does business. spending more than $12 million to buy the large bottler. from using independent bottlers to controlling the process. pepsi has recently moved in that direction, as well. >>> get this, a relative of burr nad madoff is changing her name. she is married to buernie's son mark. she filed court papers for herself and her two kids to drop the madoff name. she probably doesn't want that out there, robben . >> she just wants to leave the name alone. >> completely. she's still married. it's not that. it's just the name. >>> a teacher danceoff sounded like kind of a fun idea for a pep rally until it became a lap dance dance off. >>> one of the most taulked abot people at the olympics may be heading home. >>> if you're running late, you must not have signed up for my
not remember this because we probably didn't keep track of everything that paulson and bernanke and george bush did, but lehman falls on september 15, then what we have is on september 23 the chairman of the federal reserve and the secretary of treasury come into congress and they testify that they need $700 billion, they've got a 2 1/2-page bill, they don't know what they're going to do with the money, but if you don't give it to them then the world is going to end. now that makes you a little currentble if you're deciding what you're going to do with your investments. not only that, but the next day the president of the united states comes on national television and says the following, speak to the american people, just to get them, you know, calm down a little bit, he says, financial assets related to home mortgages have lost value during the housing decline and the banks holding these assets are are restricted credit. as a result our entire economy is in danger. so i propose that the federal government reduce the risk posed by these troubled assets and supply urgently needed money so banks
's news, chairman of the federal reserve, ben bernanke, says there is a risk for high interest rates and high inflation. borrowing from china and buying huge amounts of oil from opec and we have to realize we have a mess in our hands but there is a solution. we can create jobs and grow our economy without raising taxes. it's a bipartisan american conservation and clean energy independence act, h.r. 2227. this bill uses the trillions of dollars from oil and gas exploration off or coasts, drive conservation and new technologies to improve energy efficiency, develop clean energy generation and infrastructure, rebuild america's independent transportation system and clean our air and water. and not only will we create a clean energy future but create good-paying jobs for years to come. the news tells us how they are but that's not how it has to be. join me in supporting the clean energy and conservation act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revis
together with bernanke's exit speech, you put that together and people say, wait a second, maybe the tight is turning. and being on top of the timing of when the fed starts to tighten or when the rhetoric changes, because when the rhetoric changes, that's when rates will change. and if there weren't enough international news, the european central bank plans to join forces of the european commission to monitor the situation in greece. ecb president jean-claude trichet says the two will draw up necessary measures to maintain stability in the euro zone. european officials offered support for debt-laden greece at a summit yesterday. we don't know what's in the plan. it's some sort of support. >> i don't know what the plan is. except everybody is happy they're in a plan. >> they're in something. they've expressed support. >> monday, the finance ministers meet again. this may be a situation where you see more of the details that start to emerge. what's it call, the european -- the meeting on monday. >> what worries me is that the plan itself will be so underwell manying that people will say, is
it on the bernanke excuse stroke reason. we saw it in particular on heavy volume last friday and this is not really -- is this not really a market where really the chick ents are coming home to roost, bid up on a lot of artificial liquidity and is systematically now deleveraging? >> i tend to agree long term i'm very bullish. we have been through a tremendous recession worldwide and now we're just seeing reel it budding stages of a new economic expansion. we're not out of the woods yet but a lot better than six months ago. >> i'm not sure you can agree with me and be bullish. if you have systematic deleveraging this market is going to go down and down surely if that is true. >> i don't really think that the market -- >> surely if that is the reasoning then this is not good news for sometime. >> well, again, we view the world from a financial planning perspective. if you're a trader, you've got this risk on, then you're at risk with short-term money. long-term money viewing from a financial planning perspective, we've been building cash, we've been defensive for quite a while, and our main goal with
and country and dodge grand caravan vehicles. >>> well, fed chairman ben bernanke told congress wednesday that interest rates will remain low to support continued economic growth. >>> and the house is now set to vote on a jobs bill after the full senate passed the $15 billion measure on wednesday. >>> and just today after being released from a washington, d.c., hospital after suffering a heart attack, former vice president dick cheney is having coffee today with his former boss, president george w. bush. it is the first time the two have seen each other since they left office. >>> and a close call this week for an officer in michigan who was on the side of the road with a driver when another car came barreling towards him. he managed to jump to avoid being pinned, and amazingly, suffered only minor injuries. it is 7:15. let's head back now to matt, meredith, ann and al. >> things will be fairly quiet for the rest of the day. a little coating of snow in some areas lost i did not just off and on a snow showers and flurries. of the west as cloudy and >>> and that's your latest weather. matt?
bernanke is not sitting next to me but yesterday, he delivered grim news about the nation's unemployment to congress. and our old buddy stuart varney is joining us right now. watched his testimony. it was scary when he was talking about the debt we're running up. but also the fact that unemployment is going to remain high for a while. >> if you listened carefully it was a pretty grim outlook for the u.s. economy. >> it was. >> he spelled it out. this is a very weak recovery and a jobless recovery to boot. you won't get back down to even 7 1/2% unemployment for a couple of years. the end of 2012. a jobless, weak recovery. not good. >> he's not raising interest rates. and that made -- >> the stock market looks to lower interest rates. that's basically it. if you keep interest rates way, way down, markets love it. >> what that said to me when he made the comments is people sitting in the obama administration will say well, that's our green light for more stimulus plan. > >> well, it's also a signal that the first stimulus plan all $862 billion worth of it did not work as advertised. proof
bernanke is in, senator. >> yes, he is. >> that's all right with you, though. you're going to be okay, right? >> i'm going to be okay. i offer my congratulations. but i think it does accepted a message to be confirmed by the lowest margin in history, sends a message about the concern about the role he played and the build-up to the crisis. >> yeah, but senator, you were ready to take the other side, knowing he would get confirmed, and your constituents can still say, well, at least this senator took the populus side. took the. >> i took the position as the only democrat taking that position after a careful review of the things he stood for, alignment with greenspan, failure to resfond derivatives. the failure on consumer protection, the things you are talking about in terms of prepayment penalties and liar loans and so i think he failed on many fronts but he is there now and i hope he does a great job on monetary policy and gets consumer protection in an agency that will care about it. >> senator, thanks. you have to keep coming back. >> thank you. >> oregon, oregon. i know how to say
are on is not sustainable. the federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, said that we cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debts continue to rise and are unsustainable. the former treasury secretary said that it is clearly unsustainable in. the former head of the gao said it we are on an imprudent and unsustainable long-term fiscal path. as the former chairman of the federal reserve, alan greenspan said the the budget is on an unsustainable path. notice any similarities? unsustainable, unsustainable, unsustainable. look, i know that there is a sense of denial amongst our colleagues. about the seriousness of the threat. i see it every day. i just came from a meeting where i saw it. this is tough, but it has got to be dealt with. if we let this get away from us, we will rue the day, rue the day. regretting forever the consequences for the country. whether it is through a proposal from the president or some other method, we have got to deal with the consequences of a failure to act. so, we have to back. the sooner, the better. we will go out to our witnesses. doctor, thank you
market overseas are down in anticipation of fed chairman ben bernanke's testimony. that will happen in congress and will happen today. he's talking where the economy is going and what's going to happen to interest rates. it comes a day after the consumer confidence index dropped 10 points. i'm competent this segment will with gretchen. >> freedom of speech is live and well in america's universities, we know that, right? unless you're saying something that the students don't like. check out recently happened at u.c. irvine when the israeli ambassador to the u.s., michael orrin tried to deliver a speech he was invited to make. >> it's a source of frustration the person who spent much of his life speaking hebrew. >> not -- >> haven't come to this campus to hear one idea. you've come to hear a multiplicity of ideas. >> guilty of 100 -- >> you, sir are responsible for genocide. >> ok. fox news contributor tucker carlson is joining us this morning from washington. good morning to you, tucker. >> good morning. >> that's disgraceful. they invite this guy to the university to speak and c
today. >>> meantime, making headlines in the business world, fed chief ben bernanke back on capitol hill telling the senate committee that the central bank is looking into whether u.s. you banks worsened greece's debt crisis. some u.s. banks are said to use complicated currency swap to help greece understate the debt problems betting thalt country would default on its debt. coming up tomorrow, friday on wall street, we'll get key reports, consumer sentiment, existing home sales, also a revised reading on fourth quarter gdp, the final day of the trading week. >>> a lot of questions today about why a killer whale at seaworld turned on its trainer. next jane velez-mitchell host of "issues" will give her take on this tragic incident. don't go anywhere. >>> 40-year-old dawn brancheau was one of the most experienced trainers at orlando seaworld. her death is a shock to her co-workers and park visitors who saw this happen yesterday. a killer whale named tilikum dragged her under water at the end of a performance in the shamu stadium. audience members said, at first it just seemed like it was pa
is unsustainable. the federal reserve chairman, mr. bernanke said we cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debt continues to rise which leads to an unsustainable situation. the former treasury secretary said it is clearly unsustainable the former head of the gao, general walker said we are on imprudent and unsustainable long-term fiscal path. the former chairman of the federal reserve, mr. greenspan said the federal budget is on an unsustainable path. do you noticed the similarity, unsustainable, unsustainable, unsustainable? i know there is a sense of denial among our colleagues about the seriousness of this threat. i see it every day. i have just come from açó meetig in which i see it. this is tough. but it has to be dealt with. if we let this get away from us, we will rue the day. we will rue-the-day. we will regret for ever the consequences to the country. we have to face up to this. whether it is through the commission that the president proposed or some other method, we have got to deal with the consequences of a failure to act. we have to act, the sooner the better. the
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